Seal Beach, May 2015 – Retired Salesperson, Speaker and Author, Steve Snyder was featured on popular Chicago’s radio show called “Remarkable Radio” as a Remarkable Expert and Author. The show spotlights noteworthy Experts, People, Places, and Things from around the globe. Steve Snyder, author of ‘Shot Down, The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth’, was invited on the show to talk about his new book and what prompted him to write it. The show aired on a Saturday afternoon on AM560, one of the premier talk stations in Chicago.
After a 40 year career in sales, Steve Snyder got the inspiration to write this book after his retirement. He wrote the book to enlighten the world about the patriotic service of these brave warriors and for people to appreciate them for their selfless service.
Steve Snyder says, “Initially, I didn’t have any intention of writing a book. After I retired from Vision Service Plan (VSP) in 2009, I had the time to try and organize all the information my parents had kept from the war years.” He continues, “However, it soon became my passion. The story was just so amazing, it had to be told and people needed to read about it. Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, Shot Down is about the experiences of each member of his father’s B-17 the crew after their plane was knocked out of the sky by two German fighters over the French Belgian border and about the courageous Belgian patriots who risked their lives to help them. The print edition of the book has more than 200 time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where the events took place.”
- His book has won numerous awards.
- Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist War & Military (Adult Nonfiction)
- 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist History: General
- 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist History: Military
- 2014 Southern California Book Festival – Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction
- 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Winner Military
- 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Finalist Historical Non-fiction
- 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards – Silver Medalist History (U.S.)
- 2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Best Books Military
“Snyder’s masterful book puts the reader inside the cockpit, shoulder to shoulder with the pilot and crew. Accessible and relevant both to historians and readers with a casual interest in WWII history, Shot Down a must-read for anyone with an interest in this gripping period of American history”. – Foreword Reviews
“Highly recommended. It’s a thoroughly satisfying and worthwhile read. Extensively researched, packed with photographs, and neatly interwoven with background remarks, this highly engaging book offers a comprehensive, yet personalized portrait of a war”. – BlueInk
No other event in history affected more people than World War II. No one alive was untouched by it, and no nation was spared the cost and horror. WW II changed the world and set its future course. 16 million Americans served in WW II and soon they will all be gone. The brave young men who fought and died for freedom are members of The Greatest Generation. No one should ever forget. It is the country’s duty to remember.
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth (Sea Breeze Publishing LLC, ISBN 978-0986076008) is available at book stores and online stores including Amazon at http://bit.ly/ShotDownBook
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The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
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